Friday, July 3, 2009

Chalkboard Calendar From An Old Door

Even though Google Calendar is a godsend for my husband and I, it would still be nice to have the weeks activities and To Do's in a visible place somewhere in the house. Something that doesn't require us logging on to our computers so we know what is going on. This old door repurposed into a weekly calendar is not only practical and a huge organizational help, but also super stylish. Your friends and neighbors might even be jealous of your activities for that week. Now your routine errands to the Post Office and Grocery Store seem fabulous and your note about the Farmer's Market and gallery stroll are eagerly anticipated during the week. I just wish we had the wall space for something like this.

What You Need

Not knowing exactly how this was created, here is my guess:

  • Old door with interesting features
  • Low VOC paint to paint door color of choice, but maybe it's already a great color and doesn't need anything
  • Chalkboard Paint (not spray paint, which is higher VOCs), which you can get at any home improvement store. You can also tint the chalkboard paint any color you want, (see Martha's HowTo) or just make your own.
  • Sponge roller or sponge paint brush
  • Painter or Masking Tape
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Rag or cloth

Step By Step

  1. Get old door, sand it down and clean it up. Paint the door if changing the color.
  2. Tape the sections off that you want to add chalkboard paint. This area should primed first if it is not already painted.
  3. Mix paint if adding a tint. Apply chalkboard paint in a smooth layer and let dry. If too thin, you may need another layer of chalkboard paint.
  4. Sand down chalkboard painted section with sandpaper and wipe off dust to clean
  5. To condition, rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.
  6. Hang chalkboard board and enjoy!

[via Apartment Therapy]